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    Fair winds and calm waters, COLIN.
    About
    Medically retired prototype engineer, although my brain still functions, my body tries to stop my modelling I persevere.
    Members Harbour
    Sea Commander
    Originally built in the late 1950's by my dad, and rescued from his attic 22 years ago, it had major delamination problems, a seized propshaft, no rc kit only an ancient Taycol Supermarine motor which was ready for the scrap bin, but Doug in Munich offered to resurrect it, and I was actually amazed at how efficient it is now its refitted along with the special Doug converter box. 25amp water cooled esc, flysky 6 channel rx. All ppowered by the 12 volt 7amp hour battery.
    Fishing boat SHANNON
    My first scratch built boat, in 2002 when I was waiting for a broken ankle to mend. Sails okay but easily affected by the wind. I used up my balsa offcuts to build from a plan downloaded from internet. 6volt nicads 2000mah lasts between 35 to 45 minutes. 380 motor, 10 amp esc.
    My first boat.
    This little pond yacht was a 5th birthday present from my grandad in March 1954. Sailed regularly and is great fun. No control only luck and the wind. In the 67 years I have owned it has had three sets of sails and been repainted only once.
    Dart Belle Paddle Steamer.
    Model acquired from the builder in 2017, he originally scratch built it in the 1960's. It performs quite nicely and is steered with independent paddle drive as well as rudder. Uses a 6volt sla battery.
    Academy Kingfisher
    This boat was given to me by a bird watcher who saw me sailing another of my boats on local private lake. He said he built from a kit in 1970. It came with a McGregor RC System included in its original box.
    Westeriffe
    Bought from another modeller on this site, built to a very good standard. Working lights, Fire fighting water canon. Powered by Robbe Power 1000 Motor.
    (Tug Boat) VALIANT
    This tug was built by a modeler in Bristol during the early 1960's it was given to me at the Abergavenny Steam and vintage show in 2016 by the makers grandson who told me it had been on display in his mums house from 1970 when his grandad died till 1987 when she died then put in his parents attic till it was given to me. it had a couple of holes in the hull and the upper works had been broken so required fixing. not having any pictures I used all the original bits that came with it so I hope it looks as it should. it's made mostly from balsa with some wooden bits and replacement planking from coffee stirrers otherwise all original. it requires 2 x 12v 7ah lead acid batteries and about 5 kilograms of ballast. (Silver Sand in 500grm packs). On the only test run I've managed to tow a 16 foot fishing boat with three men on my local fishing lake. (Motor: geared 540) (ESC: 20amp MTroniks Viper marine) (8/10)
    (Tug Boat) Emanuel
    Built in 1954 by my Grandad. Construction is Bread and Butter in Balsa originally a free sail model but now converted to RC. 27mhz.was given to me on my 5th birthday. Not sailed for over 25 years, but now happy sailing for short runs as prop shaft leaks slightly. (ESC: Mtronics Viper Marine 20amp) (8/10)
    (Other) project X
    Given as project, no known details of origins as yet. (Motor: Ripmax) (ESC: Viper Marine) (5/10)
    (Working Vessel) Rust Bucket
    This is my latest restoration project. its built completely of metal and is in a terrible condition although the hull seems to be water tight. The motor and prop-shaft and prop is listed in a BASSETT LOWKE catalogue dating from 1936, so the boat age is unknown but my guess would be late 30's to 1950. All guesses acknowledged. (Motor: BASSETT LOWKE) (5/10)
    (Pleasure Craft) FAIREY HUNTSMAN (KATHY'S CLOWN)
    Just rescued from ebay seller who had it in storage since he inherited it in 1976, it was Fairey Huntsman, scratch built sometime in early 60's by his father who used to sail it near Manchester. its fitted with a SANWA 2F-2M RC system which seems to be still functioning. I will be doing restoration over the next few months, as there are a few cracks showing along most of the seems and I will need to sand and seal and repaint. (Motor: Marx) (ESC: Speed King) (5/10)
    (Pleasure Craft) sea scout
    This boat was one of my dads from the late 1950's. It's an aerokits sea scout. Now fitted with a MabuchI motor of unknown power, but undergoing test running with 6 Volts, seem more than adequate, Belt drive to propshaft. (Motor: Mabuchi) (5/10)
    (Pleasure Craft) MV Caroline
    This model is a scratch built 1/15th scale model of an Ocean going pleasure craft built in 1964 by my late father. it was originally powered by a large bosch windscreen wiper motor, but has been replaced with an MFA RE 800 stock motor running from 2 x 12V sla batteries. Dry weight 13.2 Kilos. Last sailed in 1992 on open sea at Aberystwyth, I was on my dads fishing boat watching as dad sailed her the full length of the south beach and back into the harbour. Now ready to relaunch on Saturday 10th June 2017 at WMBC open day. (Motor: MFA . RE800) (ESC: Fusion Aquapower AQP128) (9/10)
    (Fire Boat) Mk2 firefloat 93
    This boat was originally built with my dad's help (mostly him), in about 1959/60 my first powered model and originally had a small diesel engine (E.D.I Think.)And no radio gear. But now fitted with electric motor and radio gear with working monitors and lights.hope to finish restoration in time for spring launch. (Motor: Mannesmann Clash21 ) (ESC: Mtronics sport tuned 20) (8/10)
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    ๐Ÿ“ A Trip to Windermere Boat Museum
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    Roy many thanks for the memory jogger, I too visited it in spring 2013.
    Well worth the visit, I was there for 6 short hours. But somehow I've lost my photos.
    Cheers Colin.
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    Great idea Tim, I had forgotten that method. In fact my oldest boat made in 1914 is constructed of layers of newspaper over a card frame mounted on deck supports with a wooden deck , originally powered by a clockwork motor.
    Cheers Colin.
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    ๐Ÿ“ lippo wind up
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    Westwood, as my fireboat is an original aerokits version from the 50's I run it with 2 nicad pacs, 1 each side of the motor, the smallest boat I have with a sla is my dad's old Sea Commander, this one has the battery under the cockpit floor, 12v 7ah.
    Cheers Colin.
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    ๐Ÿ“ lippo wind up
    2 days ago by Colin H ( Admiral)
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    Here is a link to a LiFePO4 Battery, gives same power as sla battery but half the weight.
    Now fitted in all my boats over 3ft.
    Hope you find this useful, cheers Colin.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/304592960634?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&mkr...
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/304592960634?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&mkrid=711-127632-2357-0&ssspo=ojWIIWJ_TXS&sssrc=2349624&ssuid=LGaRsqMfQ6y&var=603719390400&widget_ver=artemis&media=COPY
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    Good morning Jordan, I don't think DIY stores stock ply that thin, I buy mine from model shops or online.
    Cheers Colin.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Hull sheets/plating
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    My preferred method is to use light ply of 1/16" or thinner. I find that it's fairly easy to pull round the curves.
    Cheers Colin.
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    ๐Ÿ“ raf tender holes
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    My preference is to fit false exhaust pipes out the back to let out the water.
    Stick a piece of 1/16th ply over the inside of the holes, and fill the outside with resin or car body filler.
    Cheers Colin.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Fairey Huntsman
    3 days ago by Colin H ( Admiral)
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    Thanks for posting the pictures, it doesn't actually show your problem at present.
    Although I have never seen a model built in this method before I'm sure you will get the answers from a member who has.
    Looking forward to seeing more as you progress.
    Cheers Colin.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Looking for a Maxwell Hemmens catalog with the Lady Jane hull in it.
    3 days ago by Colin H ( Admiral)
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    Great information, thanks for posting it.
    Cheers Colin.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Looking for a Maxwell Hemmens catalog with the Lady Jane hull in it.
    3 days ago by Colin H ( Admiral)
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    Hi the pdf files won't download or open from the app.
    Cheers Colin.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Fairey Huntsman
    4 days ago by Colin H ( Admiral)
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    Please post some photos to help sort your problem.
    Cheers Colin.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Raf Tender PAINT Colour
    9 days ago by Colin H ( Admiral)
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    Good morning westward, before you apply anything to the woodwork I would coat it with ezekote and glass cloth. This will seal and strengthen your hull against damage. Then you can do all your finishing process. With filler primer, primer, then paint.
    Hope that this will help you, cheers Colin.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Billings Blue Star
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    Mark I have tried, extremely sharp scalpel, Stanley knife, scissors and even razor saw.
    But the only way I have managed to cut without splits is to use my rotary cutter (like a dremel).
    One tip is to apply masking tape and cut through the tape.
    This is my way, other's will possibly have a a better one.
    Cheers Colin.
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    ๐Ÿ“ arial on 2.4 hand set
    14 days ago by Colin H ( Admiral)
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    Most 2.4ghz rx's have 2 short Antenna, one should be vertical and the other horizontal. I often drill a small hole inside a flagstaff or mast NOT METAL, or even position the receiver in the funnel.
    Hope this helps, cheers Colin.
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    ๐Ÿ“ re keil craft raf tender
    17 days ago by Colin H ( Admiral)
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    Well guys I will try my archives this weekend and hopefully post the results on here.
    Cheers Colin.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Tools, etc., For Sale.
    17 days ago by Colin H ( Admiral)
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    Good evening Derek, I would be interested in the radio gear, I will pm my details so you can give me postal costs.
    Cheers Colin.
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    ๐Ÿ“ re keil craft raf tender
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    If your boat is the 34 inch version then I could post pictures of my plan for making a folding version as on the real boat.
    See photos for what it looks like.
    Let me know and I'll find my plans to scan and post.
    Cheers Colin.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Moving form picture to Picture
    20 days ago by Colin H ( Admiral)
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    Yes, I have to shut down the app and reboot it to view next picture.
    Cheers Colin.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: High jacking threads.
    20 days ago by Colin H ( Admiral)
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    Please don't leave, I have never seen a post of yours that could be construed as offensive.
    I have received advice from you and comments but I always follow your posts even when not in one of my threads.
    Cheers shipmate, regards Colin.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Moving on
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    Good evening Rick, I wish I had room to display my model railway stock and buildings, but sadly thy are packed away in my loft untill I can get into my garage again, but sadly it's needed as my workshop.
    It's a place that has many guises and has to be used for woodwork, wood turning, metalwork such as building and repairing trailers, welding, painting, plus fixing my car when necessary.
    But when my grandson comes to stay I manage to find space for my 8' x 4' layout so he can have fun when the weather isn't good enough for boating.
    Here's a quick glimpse!
    Cheers Colin.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Brushed Motor and ESC
    24 days ago by Colin H ( Admiral)
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    Hi Neil, that would suit one of my vintage set ups, I'll pm you details.
    Cheers Colin.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Precedent 49" Perkasa
    26 days ago by Colin H ( Admiral)
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    Great start to a vintage classic, looking forward to following your progress.
    Cheers Colin.
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    ๐Ÿ“ raf arero kits tender plans
    28 days ago by Colin H ( Admiral)
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    Westwood, I have never tried lipo's, I'm old school, nicads, nimh's, and sla is what I've always used. In a small boat like my crash tender I can't use my preferred batteries SLA in 99% of my models.
    I'm too old to change now.
    Cheers Colin.
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    ๐Ÿ“ raf arero kits tender plans
    28 days ago by Colin H ( Admiral)
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    Here is my 34 inch aerokits version over 60 years old now, but still works fine.
    Cooling water exits via the exhaust tubes in the stern.
    The monitors are fixed position but operate very well using an old 6 volt car windscreen washer pump switched by a microswitch operated by servo arm.
    The intakes for Cooling and the monitors are just behind the prop.
    All run from 7.2v nimh batteries.
    Cheers Colin.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Work boats in Port Fourchon
    29 days ago by Colin H ( Admiral)
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    Thank you Stan, much appreciated,your ship looks very impressive as well, just been checking her out on the Web.
    What position do you hold in her crew.( don't answer if it will be compromising for you.)
    It's nice to understand ships from a crew members point of view, it helps with understanding the model of similar ships.
    Cheers Colin.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Work boats in Port Fourchon
    29 days ago by Colin H ( Admiral)
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    Thanks for sharing, any other pictures of Fast Giant would be appreciated.
    Lovely looking deep ocean ship.
    What's the ship you are on.
    Cheers Colin.
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    ๐Ÿ“ when a boat not a boat
    29 days ago by Colin H ( Admiral)
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    Bad enough to be hit by swan, but sink as well, very sad.
    Did you manage to recover it, I cary and use a folding fishing rod with a small ledger weight and a triple barbless hook for recovering sunk or disabled boats.
    Cheers Colin.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Bluebird of Chelsea
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    Hurry back Chris, looking forward to seeing the rest.
    Cheers Colin.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: unknown Freighter
    1 month ago by Colin H ( Admiral)
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    Obviously built by a true modeller, looks quite good condition.
    Cheers Colin.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: keil craft 46 inc fire boat
    1 month ago by Colin H ( Admiral)
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    Looks in fairly solid good condition, shouldn't take too long before it's on the water.
    Cheers Colin.
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